How to Think about the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization

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Open Court Publishing, 2000 - Philosophy - 530 pages
Time magazine called Mortimer J. Adler a "philosopher for everyman." In this guide to considering the big questions, Adler addresses the topics all men and women ponder in the course of life, such as "What is love?", "How do we decide the right thing to do?", and, "What does it mean to be good?" Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, history, and philosophy, the author considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization and discourse. Adler's essays offer a remarkable and contemplative distillation of the Great Ideas of Western Thought.
 

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Books by Mortimer Adler
Acknowledgements
How to Think about Truth
How to Think about Opinion
The Difference between Knowledge and Opinion
Opinion and Human Freedom
Opinion and Majority Rule
How to Think about
How to Think about Emotion
How to Think about Love
A World Without
Sexual Love
The Morality of Love
How to Think about Good and Evil
How to Think about Beauty
How to Think about Freedom

How Different Are Humans?
The Darwinian Theory of Mans Origin
The Answer to Darwin
The Uniqueness of
How to Think about Learning
Youth Is a Barrier to Learning
How to Read a Book
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